What is PolarTREC?

PolarTREC (Teachers and Researchers Exploring and Collaborating) is a program in which educators (both formal and informal) from the United States spend 3-6 weeks participating in hands-on field research experiences in the Arctic or Antarctica. PolarTREC is funded through awards from the National Science Foundation and adminstered by the Arctic Research Consortium of the United States (ARCUS). 


Image: The 2019 PolarTREC Cohort and project management team pose for a photo outside the Syun-Ichi Akasofu Building on the University of Alaska Fairbanks campus during orientation week.

Expedition Timeline

Use the interactive timeline below to explore with the new cohort of educators and researchers!

2019 Expedition Timeline

Latest Journals

16 June 2019 Midnight Sun in the Arctic

By: David Walker
Midnight Sun
Midnight Sun in the Arctic Toolik Field Station, North Slope, AK June 16, 2019 Video of the Day: The summer sun never sets on Toolik Field Station in the Alaskan Arctic. I took the below time-lapse last "night" from 8:31 PM to 7:53 AM, facing south toward Toolik Lake. One of the oddest…

15 June 2019 Soap, DOC, and Foamy Streams

By: David Walker
Foamy Stream
Soap, DOC, and Foamy Streams Toolik Field Station, North Slope, AK June 15, 2019 Video of the Day: Filtering raw leachate (previously coarsely filtered) through a 0.2 micron filter, which served to remove finer particulate matter and microorganisms. As it passed through this filter, the…

14 June 2019 Photo-Bio Part 3: Filtering the Permafrost Leachate

By: David Walker
Fine Filtration of Raw Leachate
Photo-Bio Part 3: Filtering the Permafrost Leachate Toolik Field Station, North Slope, AK June 14, 2019 Photo of the Day: Graduate student Natasha Christman (Oregon State University) uses a 0.2 micron filter to remove finer particulate matter and microorganisms from the raw permafrost leachate…

PolarTREC Updates

Upcoming Seminars

Seminar for ARCUS
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Larry Hamilton, University of New Hampshire - What People Know: Asking About the Arctic on U.S. General-Public Surveys When: Friday, 3 May 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm EDT Where: Consortium for Ocean Leadership building (1201 New York Avenue, NW Washington D.C) or via live webinar Register here

Helen M. Aderman, 2019 Arctic Indigenous Scholar, for a seminar/webinar entitled, “The Bristol Bay Marine Ecosystem & Subsistence Resource Needs”. When: Monday, 6 May 2019 at 12:00-1:00 p.m. EDT at the US Global Change Research Program (USGCRP) office in Washington, D.C. A live webinar is also available to those unable to attend in person. Registration is required for both the in-person and live-streamed events. Register here

Now Archived! PolarConnect Event with Allyson Woodard

Nikolai, Alaska permafrost monitoring station
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In case you missed it, you can now watch the archive of the PolarConnect event with Allyson Woodard and the Permafrost and Community Team. This event was broadcast live from the Oregon Museum of Science and Industry in Portland, Oregon. Drs. Santosh Panda and Alexander Kholodov from the University of Alaska joined Allyson to discuss last summer's field season working in the Alaskan village of Telida. Read more about their research and what Allyson observed here.

Mike Penn's Antarctic Expedition Photos

Mike Penn's Antarctic Expedition Photos

Full resolution photos are now available online for PolarTREC teacher Mike Penn's Antarctic Automatic Weather Stations expedition to various locations around McMurdo Station and Amundsen–Scott South Pole Station, Antarctica, that took place from November 24th to December 27th, 2018.

Kim Young's Alaska Expedition Photos

Photo by Kim Young
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Full resolution photos are now available online for PolarTREC teacher Kim Young's Winter Respiration in the Arctic expedition to various locations around Alaska, that took place from August 17th to September 16th, 2018.

Find people, expeditions, and resources

PolarTREC has hosted 193 expeditions and houses over 2,000 resources for educational use.

Locate Team Members

Check out our member directory to locate a team member from a current or previous PolarTREC expedition.

Follow Expeditions

All current and past expeditiions are listed in reverse chronological order for viewing.

Find Resources

Lesson plans, activities, articles, web links and more can be found in our resources section.